Family Law, Estate Planning & Criminal Defense Attorney in Charleston, WV

We take the mystery out of legal issues.

You’re probably not used to sitting down with a guy in a suit and talking about the law. That’s okay. Despite what you might be expecting, working with a lawyer doesn’t have to be scary. When you come to us, you’ll work directly with your lawyer, and he will patiently answer all of your questions and walk you through your best options.

You deserve someone willing to fight for you.

Whether you’re dealing with a messy divorce, child custody dispute, estate planning concern, elder law issue, criminal charge, personal injury, or other legal matter, we are on your side. Period. You don’t have to worry about being judged or turned away based on your legal situation. We are here to help you get through this as quickly and painlessly as possible.

We fight hard to achieve our clients’ goals.

We have battled for custody rights on behalf of parents and grandparents, handled high-conflict divorce cases, guided our clients through all aspects of building a customized estate plan, and successfully argued against a wide range of other legal opponents. We are more than willing to fight aggressively for you if your case is complex or the other side is not cooperating.

Attorney at Law

Claude S. Smith, III

From the moment you first meet Claude, you can tell that he’s concerned about your well-being — not what’s in your wallet. If you’re looking for an attorney who is knowledgeable, experienced, patient, and focused on what matters, Claude is who you need to see.

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Family Law

Let us help you with matters of divorce, collecting child support and alimony, child custody battles, and guardianship.

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Elder Law

Wills, trusts, estate plans, and powers of attorney are essential to safeguarding your property, bank accounts, assets, and more.

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Medicaid Planning

Schedule an appointment today if you need legal guidance in creating a Medicaid trust so you can save money in the long run.

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Criminal Defense

We have experience fighting against all kinds of criminal charges, from minor misdemeanors to capital felonies.

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Personal Injury

We handle car wrecks, large truck accidents, slip and falls, Child Protective Services cases, and more. Reach out today to see how we can help you.

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Auto Accidents

When you've been injured from a car wreck, you need an aggressive attorney that will fight for fair compensation. Put our experience on your side.

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What Sets Us Apart
Courthouse Icon "My clients deserve to talk to the person they hired. They like talking directly to their attorney, and I like talking to them." — Claude S. Smith, III
We understand this process can be difficult. We ease you through it with your best interest in mind.

Legal problems are extremely stressful, especially when your family, your health, or your freedom are at stake. At this point in time, you may not even be sure what kinds of questions you need to ask a lawyer, but that’s entirely normal. Whether your situation involves family law, estate planning, elder law, a criminal charge, or a personal injury, we will start by giving you all the information you need.

The way we see it, you deserve to get this information directly from an expert. That’s why we make it easy for you to get in touch with your lawyer, and we never ask you to sit down with a paralegal or assistant instead.

As our relationship continues, we will keep you updated about the status of your case every step of the way. Your lawyer will reach out regularly to tell you about any new developments, and he will also be happy to answer any questions you have throughout the process.